{seasonal style} Create an Easy Monogram Christmas Wreath

Sunday, December 6, 2015

When we toured our home before buying it, the kitchen fireplace was one of the first features that captured my heart! I love the stone and the height, and the fact that it's also open to the backyard is a huge bonus! Almost immediately I envisioned a giant Christmas wreath hanging above the fireplace for the holidays! This year {our eighth Christmas in our home}, I finally managed to make it happen!

DIY Monogram Wreath for Christmas

I am so excited about the monogram wreath I created, and I'm sharing the easy tutorial today as part of the Home for Christmas blog hop hosted by CountryLiving.com! At the end of this post you'll find links to more than 100 other gorgeous Christmas projects from all over blogland... So get your pinning finger ready!

But don't run off to check out the other projects just yet! Everyone loves a monogram, right? So let me show you how quick and inexpensive it is to turn a basic wreath into much more of a statement!


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MONOGRAM WREATH TUTORIAL

First off, I want to point out that the fiberboard monogram letters* are listed by Michaels as 14" - but that is the size of the letter only, not taking into account the circle around it. The full diameter is actually 20 inches. When I began shopping for a wreath, I was looking for one with a 20" opening, and ended up purchasing an inexpensive wreath {under $30 regular price and under $15 with a sale and coupon} with approximately a 30" exterior diameter, and approximately an 18" interior opening.


I began by using a wide paintbrush to paint the R and surrounding circle bright red. I didn't bother painting the back since the wreath would be hanging against the fireplace.


Once the paint had dried, I laid the wreath on top of the wreath to decide how to attach it to the wreath. {Nope, I didn't start with a plan...I was pretty much winging it!}


I debated on whether to place the monogram R on top of the wreath or behind the wreath...but ended up liking it best when it was placed right in the middle of the wreath with branches overlapping it from both the front and back. 

I had originally left the fiberboard "hook" attached to the wreath because I thought I might use it to hang the wreath to the metal wire frame on the back of the wreath, but once I determined that wouldn't work, I used a screwdriver to remove the staples and removed the hook. If I were to do it again, it would have been better to remove the hook before painting the monogram letter.

After thinking about what supplies I had on hand, I decided that cable ties would work well to secure the monogram to the wreath. I grabbed out my Cable Tie Assorted Kit.* 


I had hoped that the 4" red cable ties would be long enough. Unfortunately they weren't, so I ended up using the 8" long clear ties. I positioned the monogram where I wanted it within the wreath, and then loosely attached the cable ties around the metal frame on the back of the wreath.


I then tightened each cable tie a bit, alternating between tightening the top and bottom ties so that the monogram didn't get pulled two high or two low within the opening of the wreath, but I left them just lose enough that I could still rotate them.


I then flipped the wreath over and rotated the cable ties so that the excess would be hidden behind the wreath and tightened them the rest of the way, and trimmed the tail off so that none stuck up above the top of the wreath.


With the monogram secured to the wreath, all that was left was to hang the wreath. Rather than trying to drive a nail or a hook into the joints of our stacked stone fireplace, I instead wanted to hang the wreath from the ceiling. We installed a white ceiling hook* that is rated to hold up to 50 pounds {much more than we needed for the wreath - but who knows what else we might hang there in the future}.

I then used 1.5" wide black and white striped ribbon* and looped it around the top of the wreath - but not around the circle of the monogram because I didn't want it to pull the letter out of place when hung.


My husband then climbed up on the ladder and held the wreath up so that I could stand back and decide on the right positioning. Once we knew the length of the ribbon, I pulled the ribbon up from both sides of the wreath and tied a triple knot at the top.


I then hung the wreath by placing the hook deep into the knot, ensuring that it was positioned in a way that would not cause the knot to come untied. Finally, I fluffed up the wreath, and adjusted the branches to ensure that the cable ties could not be seen.

Easy DIY Monogram Christmas Wreath

I am loving the way the pop of red on the monogram ties in with the red metal Christmas trees on each side of the fireplace, and the way it contrasts against the blue and teal of the rug in our kitchen sitting area. And the black and white striped ribbon coordinates with lots of other black and white striped Christmas details throughout our main floor.
Easy DIY Monogram Christmas Wreath

The wreath makes this space feel so much more festive, and it's now the perfect place to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate {or a glass of wine}!

Easy Monogram Wreath for Christmas

I also created some fun new modern Christmas trees for the center of our kitchen table, including two in red to match the monogram wreath.

Monogram Wreath Adds a Traditional Touch to a Modern Kitchen

Monogram Christmas Wreath on stone fireplace

Want to see more easy DIY Christmas decor projects and unexpected color combos? Be sure to stop by to check out my full Modern and Colorful Christmas Home Tour to see our holiday decor across five more rooms of the house! And also check out all the other amazing Christmas projects from other bloggers that are linked up below!



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3 comments :

  1. Very simple but such a powerful impact on your fireplace. Love it! Your entire home is gorgeous.

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  2. Love the pop of red in your wreath. Swooning over all the modern holiday elements in your decor. The room says "it's the holidays - let's party"!
    Marie from The Interior Frugalista

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  3. Love the wreath monogram; I'm visiting from the Design Happy no. 3 linkup. I created a monogram as our Christmas tree topper this year. Simple but eye-catching, for sure.

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